Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party have reached a seat-sharing agreement with the JD(U) contesting 122 seats, and the BJP 121.
Out of its 122 seats, the JD(U) will give 7 seats to Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).
“JD(U) has been allotted 122 seats. Under that quota, we are giving 7 seats to HAM. BJP has 121 seats. Talks are underway, BJP will allot seats to Vikassheel Insaan Party under their quota,” Nitish Kumar said while addressing the media.
The Vikassheel Insaan Party, that had earlier joined hands with the Mahagathbandhan with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), had walked out of the media briefing last week after the Opposition had announced its seat sharing deal.
Meanwhile, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will not contest the upcoming Bihar elections in alliance with Janata Dal (United) due to ideological differences, the LJP said on Sunday, 4 October.
In the previous Bihar elections, in 2015, the BJP had contested 157 seats and won 53, and the JD(U) had contested 101 seats and won 71 seats.
The NDA’s announcement comes with the Bihar Assembly elections just around the corner. While votes will be cast on 28 October, 3 and 7 November, the results will be declared on 10 November.
The Bihar Assembly has 243 seats, out of which 38 are reserved for backward classes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of polling booths has been increased to 1,06,000.
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